a VirtualTourist member from Santa Cruz
what are the acceptable taxi rates? and is there a way to know which taxi service is best?
I do not wish to alarm you but this is the way it was and hopefully it has changed. It has been a while since I last used a taxi in Buenos Aires and therefore my advice may be outdated. While there, more than once a person hailing a taxi was robbed. The easy way for the driver of the taxi was to ask if you would mind if they took another "Fare". This second person (working with the driver) would then demand that you would be taken to an ATM where you would be asked to withdraw a certain amount of money. So, if things have not changed, do not allow the driver to pick up another fare while you have hired the cab. The best way would be to ask your hotel to get you a taxi, just to play it safe.
Here are a few of my photos to show you parts of Buenos Aires
I was also duped by taxi drivers, be careful, he pretended to hand back the correct change but didn't and was very rude. If you do chose to ride in a taxi let the hotel arrange it, even when we were being dropped off at the airport the taxi driver tried to make us pay too much, but we had checked the rate at reception on leaving so refused to pay the inflated price. And for goodness sake avoid them like the plague if they offer to change money on the blue market for you and pretend to be your friend.
We were fortunate as we stayed with an organisation 'Servas' this organisation organises for you to stay in the homes of local people. Our hosts gave us their bus passes to use and the numbers of the buses we had to catch, we just topped up the passes and gave them back to our hosts at the end of our stay with them.
We also used 'eat with a local' on the first night there where we gleaned some excellent information and enjoyed a delicious meal out with a local person called 'Tango' He took us to an authentic restaurant.
Have a good time.
For me the same by changing money. So, be careful !!
Hello, As in every city in the world you should be alert with taxis. That´s the reason in my suggestions (posted in my profile here in 2001 hehehe) I´ve suggested to call a Radio Taxi.
Today, you can download an app (EASY TAXI) and call a taxi using it. It doesn´t have extra charges (at November 2015). You will receive the information about the taxi driver, car licence, and telephone.
At the arrival to the airport EZEIZA (International) after customs you have some kiosks with remisse companies (car with a chofer). I highly suggest you to hire a service there. If you want to pay something less, go to the Manuel Tienda Leon desk, and you can book a shuttle to the city center or another airport.
At the arrival to our domestic airport (now also has flights to Uruguay, Brazil and Chile) you can book a remisse in a Kiosk, or call a taxi using the app. If you use the app, You must go out to the airport and walk 70, 100 mts because the taxi can´t pick up you in front of the other taxis (the others and in a queue for pick up passengers, but unfortunately is like a mafia).
Once avoided that things with the transportation, you will enjoy the city!